Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Pacifica station listeners, this one-year project brings to life fragile and deteriorating reel- to-reel tapes of national significance. Three categories of tapes were selected that highlight some of the strengths of our collection:
• Pacifica and Politics
: Pacifica’s extensive collection of political programs, covering a variety of topics such as Watergate, COINTELPRO, race and gender relations, featuring personalities such as Robert Krulwich, Jimmy Breslin, Dorothy Healy, Bella Abzug, Ron Dellums and Margo St. James.
• Student Free Speech Movement
: PRA owns the largest known collection of media coverage of the Free Speech Movement protests of 1964-1965, in which UC Berkeley students revolted against the university administration’s decision to ban on-campus political organizing. The voices of some of the most important organizers and participants can be heard here, such as Mario Savio, Bettina Aptheker, Art Goldberg, Jackie Goldberg, Steven Weissman, and more.
• Radio Arts
: This collection features some of the arts and culture programming featured on Pacifica Radio’s airwaves over the years. Among the tapes included here are interviews with Gore Vidal, Gary Snyder, Diane DiMassa, Toni Morrison, Harvey Fierstein and Judy Chicago; performances and readings by Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Odetta, Pete Seeger, and Jill Johnston; and the absurdist antics of KPFK’s notorious comedy troupe, the Firesign Theatre.
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This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.